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Report for the June 2011 Parish Council Magazine

The bad winter had taken its toll on many of our plants with the phormiums and cordalines being particularly hard hit. Removal of these established plants dramatically affected the impact of some of the displays. We had to carry out a degree of redesigning and much replanting in order to have the displays ready for judging at the end of March.

By the time the Yorkshire in Bloom judges visited on 31st March the KIB displays were again looking good, the daffodils were in full bloom, and the streets of Kippax were litter and weed free.



The Yorkshire in Bloom judges (Paul and Phil) with some of the KIB group

As soon as we have the judge’s comments we will post them on our web site at www.kippaxinbloom.com.

Thank you to everybody who contributed to making the day so successful.

Also thank you to all the local businesses who answered our appeal to sponsor hanging baskets on the High Street and we hope we can encourage more to support us in the future.

The second judging (the one that decides the final award) will take place on Wednesday 20th July so please make a note in your diaries so that together we can get Kippax sparkling on this day.

One way you can support our cause is by taking part in our Front Garden competition. Look out for the letters and posters which will give details on how to enter. For the younger generation we will again be running a poster competition with the local schools.

Progress has been made with several of our projects. The new planters outside the Co-op and Sainsbury’s are now completed.


New Planters

Work has started on creating displays in St Mary’s church yard. Thank you to everybody who responded to our appeal for plants towards this garden. KIB will continue to work with the Church gardening group to develop this project.

There is now a new notice board on Butt Hill gardens and KIB would like to use it to show how the site looked back when it was a coach garage. If anyone has photographs of this era we would love to hear from you.

Our coal tub located on Gibson Lane is on loan from Middleton Railway and they have kindly provided us with an information plaque giving a potted history of how similar types of tubs were used between Ledston Luck and Peckfield collieries.

If you fancy a visit to the Engine House museum in Leeds and a ride on the worlds oldest steam railway then leaflets giving train operating days are available at Pat’s Sweet shop.

New projects planned for this season include improving the access between the Co-op car park and Kippax Hall Surgery car park and creating a new display on Leeds Road opposite the entrance to Emley View.

We have a new ‘Gateway’ project planned for 2011/2012 which is intended to enhance the approaches to the town. More details to follow.

It now seems strange after the winter we have had to be appealing for help with watering but this is a big issue for the group. The hot spell in March and April meant that water had to be transported around town to try to keep plants alive. If you live near one of our displays and would be prepared to help with watering then please contact us.

We all benefit from living in a tidier, brighter environment so please see if you can find a few hours a month to help Kippax in Bloom.

Contact details:-

Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street

telephone 0113 2862283 or e-mail psamykib@aol.com

website www.kippaxinbloom.com.

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